Faculty and staff mobility adds a valuable dimension to BCIT’s high quality applied academic programs. The School of Business + Media has partnerships with a number of international universities, providing BCIT faculty with opportunities to guest lecture, teach for a semester, or engage in PD activities focused on international education. At the same time, the School of Business + Media internationalizes the academic curriculum by inviting international instructors to deliver guest lectures or teach for a semester at BCIT. International faculty diversify our teaching team, bring different teaching methods to our classrooms, and help us to prepare business professionals for a local and global job market.
Faculty and Staff Exchange
The placement and duration of School of Business + Media faculty and staff must be determined in agreement with the host university from the list of international partners. Adequate notice must be given prior to the start of the visit, which must coincide with the period in which teaching or staff activities are due to take place. If you are interested in participating in a faculty or staff exchange with one of our international partners contact Mark Nakamura, International Programs Coordinator.
Global Connect Program
Build your global network through the global connect program at BCIT! Faculty and staff will be paired with international counterparts at our partner institutions spread across 15 countries, for activities that foster international collaboration and connection. Participating in this program will give you numerous opportunities to discuss best practices and to find innovative solutions for the different challenges in your field. The program runs between September and May.
Registrations are now open for the 2022-2023 academic year. Fill out the registration form by September 15 to participate in the program.
Faculty Field School
Participate in June 2023 in a field school program in Europe that Global Relations specifically designed for faculty members! By attending the field school, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of global business trends, to discover innovative teaching and learning approaches, to discuss best practices with partner faculty, and to be fully immersed in a new culture.
Destinations: The Netherlands (Amsterdam/Rotterdam), Belgium (Ghent) and France (Paris)
Dates: June 11 to June 21
- Visit to three partner schools and discussions with partner faculty around different topics, such as ‘Incorporating new trends’, ‘Empowering students to become global citizens’, and ‘Spearheading interdisciplinary initiatives’
- Company visits, such as ING, Port of Rotterdam, Antwerp World Diamond Centre, LVMH
- Guided tours and cultural activities in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Ghent and Paris
What is included:
- Private accommodation and breakfast
- Partner visits
- Ground transportation
- Company visits and guest speakers
- Cultural excursions
- Welcome and farewell dinner
Price does not include GST and will be confirmed in September 2022. Program cost does not include your flight to and from the field school destination.
International faculty and staff weeks
International weeks at partner institutions in the 2022-2023 academic year will be announced here once the information is available.
International PD opportunities for faculty and staff
- BC Council for International Education
- NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo
- The European Association for International Education Annual Conference (EAIE)
- The Asia Pacific Association for International Education Conference (APAIE)
- Conference of the Americas on International Education
- World Association for Cooperative Education Annual Conference (WACE)
- Australian International Education Conference
- Teach at HTW Berlin in Germany
Mobility funding resources
- BCIT International Mobility Fund (IMF)
- Faculty Leadership Program
- German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD)
- Fullbright Awards for Canadian Scholars
- Open Society Fellowship
- International Scholarship Opportunities for Canadians
Faculty & staff testimonials
“For those who may not know, I am currently on a three month exchange in Bremen, Germany. I am teaching in the Master’s program for business and economics at Hochschule Bremen, also known as the University of Applied Sciences, Bremen. There are several Hochschules in Germany and Austria, primarily located in the larger cities of Berlin, Bremen, and Hamburg. These schools most likely compare to BCIT. They are a nice combination of academic studies combined with a focus on the economy. While BCIT probably has closer linkages between programs and the job market, the faculty research at the Hochschule is very industry focused with a strong influence on public policy. In Bremen, their specialty is in transportation and alternative energy, particularly air transportation. Bremen is also one of the major ports for Germany on the North Sea, so water and land transportation systems also receive a great deal of attention. From a BCIT perspective, my experience demonstrates the importance of developing faculty exchange further, especially with institutes that share common missions and mandates, such as the Hochschules in northern Europe. I have come to embrace the experience and am very glad I am here.”
Faculty Exchange in Bremen, Germany
“The School of Business has been very supportive of my professional development as faculty involved in international education. I’ve had the opportunity to meet faculty from Germany, Ukraine, the Netherlands and now India over the past few years. Those opportunities have directly led to the development of new programs and new opportunities for students and other faculty. The expansion of the abilities of faculty to teach about international business, and not just local business practices, means our students are better prepared for their careers, and opens the world for everyone.”
Ron Kessler, Program Head for Business Management Studies